In the cold January months, it is easier to think about jet setting to a warm beach somewhere in the Caribbean, Hawaii or the south of France. I am a believer in warm January vacations as a retreat from the harsh cold of Minnesota. This year, James and I are going to a resort in Arizona for a brief reprieve and recovery from the weather. Here are a few pieces that we are wearing for winter warm weather vacations for a touch of easy elegance. For each of the pieces, click the photo for where to purchase.


This season, I have seen so many amazing swim suits, like this one by Haight. The one piece is a trend that has come back again and again with new and improved lines. This version is slimming but still trendy enough to rock on the Golden Coast or when you jet set off to Fiji. We are certainly forseeing a spring summer 2018 black one piece trend so you can start your collection early with this piece. 

If you are not into the one piece style or just do not want to deal with the tan lines, opt instead for a textural two piece like this Solid and Striped ribbed knit version. The blue color is adorable and will complement the waves well while the white belt adds something a little extra to the ensemble. It is still cozy while being perfectly ready to lay by the poolside. 

Once you have the perfect swim suit, you are going to need an amazing cover up. Look no further than this LemLem fringed cotton blend caftan. The Greek trend is going strong in Cruise 2018 (thanks Chanel!) and this piece is on point while also being loose and comfortable enough to wear while relaxing on vacation. I love the slits on the side of the piece to make it easier to move around in as well as the light blue color trimmed with pinks and greys. 


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Though you may be going somewhere warm, it is frequently cold in the evenings. The perfect jacket to wear that is both colorful and relaxing while keeping you warm late at night? This Dodo Bar Or version. The bright red fringe is perfect for a tropical vacation or keeping you warm during evenings in the desert. The material is light enough that you can carry it with you during the day or sport it on cooler days while still heavy enough to make sure you will be comfortable as the temperatures drop. It would even be perfect for the plane ride!

Once you have an amazing jacket, suit and coverup, you are going to need the perfect shirt for day to night wear. Look no further than Dodo Bar Or's  blue fringed frock. It would look amazing with jean shorts or linen pants. You could also wear it with a great skirt for a night out on the town.


These denim shorts are the perfect addition for any winter vacation and not to mention, will transition perfectly for the summer season. There are always a few staple pieces a woman needs in her closet and a great pair of cut offs is one of them. These Frame denim pair are the perfect weight and fit well on most figures. They are a little bit lighter than many of their counterparts which is great when you wear them to the beach. These would also be amazing with the shirt above or with a basic white Tee and the jacket above. 

When you are looking for a more dressy pair or, if you are like me, and never actually wear denim when out for a meal or event, these Paper London scalloped cotton shorts are the perfect pair for you. They are cotton and lightweight. Paper London draws their inspiration from modern architecture as seen in the detailing on the hem and the curved waistline. They are sure to make a statement wherever you are headed this winter and will also be a wonderful addition to your spring and summer wardrobe. Cruise is always a harder season to shop for because it falls in the middle of winter, rather than closer to the warmer weather like Spring/Summer but there are always a few pieces that are on trend and yet classic enough to make the transition between seasons. These shorts are more than up to the task. 


This Diane von Furstenberg dress screams easy elegance. It can be worn to the pool or the beach over a swim suit or dressed up for an evening dinner date or drinks. I love the silk material because it flows so nicely and hangs well on many figures. The added detail of the belt draws the waist in and gives a nice figure to just about everyone. This dress would look amazing with the sandals or espadrilles shown below as well as that fantastic Cult Gaia clutch (the staple of the cruise outfit this year). 

When you are looking for something more dramatic, this Kalita silk maxi is the perfect piece for you. The longer lines give the air of someone who is elegant without trying to hard. Daring, but not over dramatic. It would look incredible with gold accessories for added detail and an amazing pair of black sandals. For evening, you could accessorize with more statement pieces like larger gold accessories, the fringe earrings (see below) and the Castañer espadrilles shown below. 


Shoes make any outfit complete. Pack both of these in your suit case and there are no other shoes that you will need (except for these when you are in the airport because they are amazing and can also be used both in your winter weather and the warmer climate you are heading to). The espadrilles are perfect with any outfit and can be worn for a date night or any dressier event. They are comfortable (and incredibly comfortable). 

The sandals are perfect for days by the beach or poolside. You can wear them with the shirt and Le Cutoff shorts above for the perfect outfit exploring a new town. Add the Cult Gaia clutch and fringe earrings and you have an impeccable ensemble for cruise 2018. 



What better way to change the mood from the cold winter winds to a beach side (or pool side) vacation than with a bamboo clutch? This affordable version holds all of your essentials, from your wallet and room key to your lip balm and phone. It is almost impossible not to see this bag on influencers and Instagram this season. Wear it with any of the above featured pieces for the perfect vacation ensemble. 

Once you have the outfit figured out, you also need to accessorize. For a little extra color, add some fringe earrings like these Katerina Makriyianni fringed gold vermeil chrysocolla earrings. The vibrant violet and gold complement most ensembles while the green chrysocolla adds a more earthy and grounded feel the earrings. 

You also need a hat when you are by the water. Straw hats are a must for any warm weather winter getaway but the added detail of the bow gives this Eugenia Kim Brigitte satin-trimmed hat a little something extra. It would add the perfect touch to the Haight suit when sitting by the beach or the poolside. 

Once you have all of your ensembles chosen for your vacation, you need a bag to carry with you on the plane and then to the poolside or beach. This Balenciaga tote is the ultimate carry all for the warm weather retreat. Made of canvas and leather, it is an easy, elegant bag that can hold a towel and everything you were keeping in your Cult Gaia clutch while you lounge by the water. 

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